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Report: U.S. jobless claims fell last week to lowest level since July

BY CSA STAFF

Washington, D.C. — A report released Wednesday by the Labor Department said that applications for jobless benefits declined by 24,000 to 435,000 in the week ended Nov. 6, the lowest level in four months.

The total number of people collecting unemployment insurance fell to the lowest level since November 2008, and those receiving extended payments also declined.

The four-week moving average, a less volatile measure than the weekly figures, dropped to 446,500 last week, the lowest since September 13, 2008, from 456,500, the report showed.

The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits dropped by 86,000 in the week ended Oct. 30 to 4.3 million, in line with Bloomberg’s median projection. The continuing claims figure does not include the number of Americans receiving extended benefits under federal programs.

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Holiday food event returns to Sam’s Club

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. Sam’s Club announced its eighth annual Holiday Taste of Sam’s Club, a nationwide event that offers Sam’s Club members and guests the opportunity to sample a wide-variety of gourmet foods, preview cooking demonstrations and take part in holiday decoration workshops.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 19, 20 and 21 at more than 600 Sam’s Club locations across the country. According to the company, the event will feature nearly 50 menu items to sample including USDA choice beef, premium side dishes and desserts.

“The Holiday Taste of Sam’s Club event is a great way to kick-off the holiday season to try delicious favorites and new recipes from Sam’s Club, while taking part in live cooking and decorating demonstrations,” said Shawn Baldwin, SVP fresh, freezer and cooler at Sam’s Club. “The tastings will offer something for everyone, from gourmet appetizers and entrees to fresh fruits, vegetables and locally prepared desserts.”

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GameStop to offer exclusive edition of Conduit 2

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GRAPEVINE, Texas GameStop, SEGA of America Inc. and High Voltage Software Inc. today announced details of the exclusive GameStop Limited Edition of Conduit 2, the epic science fiction shooter exclusively for the Wii system from Nintendo. The Conduit 2 Limited Edition features the 44-page “The Art of the Game” Conduit 2 art book and two unlockable items: a new armor skin and an enhanced ASE search device. Conduit 2 is set to be released in February 2011 in North America.

The Conduit 2 Limited Edition package features:

    * 44-page art book featuring a rich selection of concept art and design development insights into Conduit 2’s science fiction world, weapons, and enemies.     * The “Eye of Ra” device is an enhanced in-game “All Seeing Eye” (A.S.E.) device that captures Conduit 2’s hidden secrets in twice the speed.     * The “Gold Destroyer Armor” multiplayer skin based on the lead character’s primary armor.

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